Lauren Ephithite, Assistant Curator at Gressenhall has been working with a number of community groups around the county to explore other Workhouses history.
Gressenhall Workhouse was one of 22 workhouses in Norfolk. I have been working with Aylsham Heritage Group to research Aylsham Workhouse. Together we found out more about the building and the people who lived there. One thing which was really exciting was to find that there were similar things happening in Aylsham as there were at Gressenhall. One of my favourite people to learn about was William Riches.
William was born in Trunch in Norfolk in 1825. He became a Private in the 77th regiment of Foot. He served for 21 years and fought in the Crimean War. He was awarded several medals. By 1901 he had returned to Norfolk and was living in Aylsham Workhouse. In 1902 he was transferred to the Chelsea Royal Hospital as a Chelsea Pensioner.
We have put our research into a ‘pop up’ exhibition which will tour Aylsham, look out for it around the town!
Monday 11th April to Friday 13th May – Jubilee Family Centre
Monday 16th May to Monday 6th June – Aylsham Library
Thursday 1st September to Friday 30th September – Blickling Hall
Saturday 22nd to Friday 30th October – Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
At other times it will be on display at the Aylsham Heritage Centre.